CT Lung Screening in Portland

Catch lung cancer as early as possible

Many people don’t realize they have lung cancer until they have symptoms like coughing or shortness of breath. In fact, in 15 to 30 percent of newly diagnosed patients, lung cancer cells have spread outside the lungs before they’ve even been diagnosed.

That’s alarming news, especially considering that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in both men and women in the United States. Lung cancer causes more deaths than colorectal, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers…combined.

Why choose CT lung cancer screening

Studies show lower-radiation CT lung screening is a valuable tool for detecting lung cancer before symptoms develop and at its earliest and most treatable stages.

Annual low-dose CT scans for current and former smokers may reduce their risk of lung cancer death by 20 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute’s National Lung Screening Trial.

Your healthcare provider will help you assess if you’re a good candidate for CT lung cancer screening.

The general criteria include:

  • Age 55 to 80
  • Current smoker or quit within the last 15 years
  • Smoking history of 30 or more pack-years
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Healthy enough to get treatment to cure lung cancer

Cost & scheduling

Medicare and most other health insurers recognize the value of CT lung cancer screening and cover it for patients who meet the criteria above. Your health insurance may require a visit with your primary care provider before you have the screening, so you can make a decision together about whether you’d benefit from it. Your provider must order the screening.

Some insurance plans don’t cover CT lung cancer screening even when you meet the criteria. Or perhaps you are uninsured but still meet the criteria. In either case, Adventist Health Portland can provide this screening to you for a cash price of $295.

Once your physician orders the CT lung cancer screening, Adventist Health’s patient schedulers will contact you to arrange a convenient appointment.